Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-4099 Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other

All life, physical, and social science technicians not listed separately.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
56,920 2.1 % $22.18 $46,130 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.98 $15.50 $20.74 $27.35 $34.88
Annual Wage (2) $24,930 $32,250 $43,130 $56,900 $72,550


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,770 0.58 $20.46 $42,560
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,380 1.49 $22.97 $47,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,600 0.37 $25.34 $52,700
Employment Services 4,740 0.15 $22.14 $46,060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,440 0.05 $23.08 $48,000

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 9,380 1.49 $22.97 $47,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 16,770 0.58 $20.46 $42,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,600 0.37 $25.34 $52,700
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,270 0.17 $21.14 $43,960
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 990 0.16 $23.94 $49,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 30 (7) $29.62 $61,610
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 50 0.02 $27.44 $57,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises 460 0.02 $26.39 $54,890
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 300 0.11 $26.24 $54,580
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $25.97 $54,020


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,360 0.44 1.02 $23.82 $49,540
New York 5,790 0.68 1.55 $21.05 $43,780
Texas 4,080 0.39 0.88 $21.63 $45,000
Maryland 3,140 1.25 2.86 $28.09 $58,420
Florida 3,020 0.42 0.95 $18.34 $38,140




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 530 1.67 3.82 $24.48 $50,910
Maryland 3,140 1.25 2.86 $28.09 $58,420
Hawaii 540 0.92 2.11 $26.04 $54,160
Oregon 1,430 0.89 2.03 $23.99 $49,910
Indiana 2,440 0.87 1.98 $17.18 $35,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 390 0.60 1.38 $28.49 $59,250
Maryland 3,140 1.25 2.86 $28.09 $58,420
Connecticut 340 0.21 0.48 $26.29 $54,680
Hawaii 540 0.92 2.11 $26.04 $54,160
Washington 1,240 0.45 1.03 $25.24 $52,510





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,720 0.53 1.21 $24.20 $50,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,720 0.73 1.68 $28.03 $58,300
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.64 1.48 $20.99 $43,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.29 0.67 $23.86 $49,630
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,090 0.87 1.99 $25.33 $52,690
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 960 0.76 1.75 $25.47 $52,970
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 960 0.36 0.83 $21.49 $44,700
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 950 0.95 2.18 $24.90 $51,790
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 940 1.05 2.40 $26.02 $54,120
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 910 2.14 4.89 $18.99 $39,500




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bloomington, IN 740 9.92 22.71 $13.62 $28,340
Charlottesville, VA 340 3.53 8.08 $18.49 $38,470
Fairbanks, AK 130 3.52 8.05 $23.86 $49,620
Ann Arbor, MI 680 3.52 8.05 (8) (8)
Manhattan, KS 110 2.25 5.15 $20.32 $42,260
Lexington-Fayette, KY 550 2.25 5.14 $16.27 $33,840
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 910 2.14 4.89 $18.99 $39,500
Corvallis, OR 60 1.66 3.81 $20.57 $42,780
Portsmouth, NH-ME 90 1.65 3.79 $28.81 $59,930
Eugene-Springfield, OR 220 1.61 3.70 $24.44 $50,840




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 890 1.59 3.63 $31.23 $64,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.22 0.50 $30.79 $64,050
Morgantown, WV 80 1.34 3.07 $29.61 $61,580
Portsmouth, NH-ME 90 1.65 3.79 $28.81 $59,930
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 190 0.42 0.95 $28.71 $59,720
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.58 $59,450
Tulsa, OK 40 0.11 0.25 $28.16 $58,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,720 0.73 1.68 $28.03 $58,300
Salem, OR (8) (8) (8) $27.75 $57,710
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $27.36 $56,920

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 460 3.15 7.21 $15.12 $31,440
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 360 1.25 2.86 $19.22 $39,980
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 230 3.74 8.57 $19.76 $41,100
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 160 0.73 1.67 $14.61 $30,390
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.00 4.57 $26.24 $54,590

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 230 3.74 8.57 $19.76 $41,100
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 460 3.15 7.21 $15.12 $31,440
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.61 5.97 $23.12 $48,090
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.00 4.57 $26.24 $54,590
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 360 1.25 2.86 $19.22 $39,980

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.73 $30.17 $62,750
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 0.68 $28.53 $59,340
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.00 4.57 $26.24 $54,590
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.68 $53,420
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.57 $53,180


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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